Title:The Velvet Prison - Artists Under State Socialism
The author argues that censorship is no longer a matter of state intervention. If creators police themselves, there will be no conflict with censors. However, can art flourish under these conditions? A fascinating account of totalitarian aesthetics, describing a culture where the traditional antagonism between censor and artist has been replaced by a strange form of collusion. Haraszti's shrewd, sardonic book demystifies with steely realism the more self-congratulatory Western liberal dogmas of an Eastern bloc in the throes of brutal Stalinist repression, without for a moment throwing a crumb of comfort to starry-eyed fellow travellers. Frightening...
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